barry’s bootcamp london

 

it’s not every day you are invited to a private tour of london’s hottest new gym. and the opportunity to drag exercise-phobic andrea along with me was just too tempting to pass up.

we headed to the brand spanking new barry’s bootcamp to meet the trainers, check out the studio and sample their peanut butter shakes at the fuel bar. the promise of food sealed the deal for andrea, and we had such a fun afternoon.barry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothie

barry’s bootcamp is situated a stone’s throw from euston station, super easy to get to from most parts of london.

the programme has no shortage of celebrity devotees – kim kardashian, amanda seyfried and jessica biel are huge fans, and i’ve road tested the bootcamp in los angeles.

now i consider myself pretty tough, but the workout is hard – like every muscle aches the next day hard – but it is oh so worth it. taking inspiration from the original bootcamp in west hollywood, the london gym is slicker, bigger and ready to whip londoners into shape in no time. barry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothie

andrea and i were really spoiled with a special mini-taster session with the lovely derek degrazio, one of the us-based trainers who is training the london team. oh yeah, and he was britney’s trainer and nutritionist on her femme fatale tour, no biggie. i share my birthday with miss spears, sure we can share derek too.

we planked, crunched and lifted a little while martin (another lovely american trainer who has been with barry’s since the start) snapped away. we didn’t even scrape the surface of the real workout, but it did whet my appetite to schedule in a class for the weekend. i forgot just how good barry’s is. you will struggle not to find motivation just by being there.

a barry’s bootcamp class involves one hour of intense cardio and weight training and each day of the week focuses on a different body part, with a couple of full body days too. you are shattered by the end of it but energised, pumped and ready to take on the world. barry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothie

the trainers make barry’s, and key to the success of the studios is in part down to the community the gym builds. we only spent a few hours there but we were made to feel right at home. and who wouldn’t want to be buddies with these guys and girls, they are all gorgeous!

the london space boasts a fuel bar where bootcampers can pick up a healthy (and mind-blowingly delicious) post-workout protein shake to maximise their efforts in the gym.barry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothie

we were lucky enough to meet barry’s resident shake genius chris, who had jetted in from new york for the opening, and he kindly let us behind the bar and showed us how to whip up the most amazing peanut butter and banana smoothie known to man. seriously, how something can taste that good and still be ridiculously healthy is beyond me.

peanut butter banana smoothie recipe:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • crushed ice
  • 200ml (1 cup) almond milk
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 scoop isopure vanilla protein powder

give it a whirl – trust me it was epic.barry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothie

there are plenty of little details to make your workout even easier too. for starters there is a towel service, changing rooms with hairdryers, straighteners and luxurious malin + goetz products and spacious lockers for people like me, i’m always the bag lady.

but there’s more… forgot your hair tye? they have them. need cotton wool? it’s there. barry’s has the little details covered. if there is something you need ask them. the staff are beyond friendly.

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i highly recommend giving them a whirl. it may be called a bootcamp, but it couldn’t be further from intimidating. the trainers are so friendly and inspiring – even andrea was talked into signing up for some classes.barry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothiebarry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothie

ladies, we will leave you with this… meet noah. you’re welcome. barry's bootcamp london, barry's bootcamp, derek degrazio, joey gonzalez, noah neiman, hollywood's hottest workout, best workout in the world, fuel bar, peanut butter smoothie

barry’s bootcamp is located at 16 upper woburn place, but the entrance is around the corner on euston rd. for details on timetables and price, visit the website

blueberry and lemon quinoa muffins

i came across the idea for quinoa muffins while scrolling through pages of food porn on pinterest. come on admit it, you know you do it too.

these bad boys are gluten-free, easy to make, and a healthy snack packed with protein and i love a good bit of protein. they are the ying to a few weeks of overindulgence’s yang, bursting with berry goodness and they will leave you feeling virtuous and very, very smug.gluten free blueberry and lemon quinoa muffins, peanutbuttered blog, healthy snack ideas, peanut buttered blog, blueberry muffins

after finding two recipes i liked but wasn’t entirely satisfied with, i decided to mash them together because i was feeling like breaking the rules and going rogue. i’m crazy, i know. you will need quinoa flour, but thankfully working close by to whole foods i didn’t have to search too far to find the right magic ingredient. taking elements from here and here i made my own recipe.

you will need:

  • 120g quinoa flour
  • blueberries
  • 120g cooked quinoa
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 200ml of milk
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

(makes 12 muffins)

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method: preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease cake tins. whisk the flour with the cooked quinoa, sugar, salt and baking soda in a large bowl

in a smaller bowl i mixed together the butter, which i had softened in a pan, eggs, milk lemon zest and vanilla.

i combined the liquid mixture into the dry bowl and stirred until the consistency was equal. i added a punnet of blueberries into the mix too, i wanted my muffins to be jam-packed with my favourite fruit.

the other recipes described the mixture to be thick but mine was a little runny and this proved problematic and very messy when i attempted to pour the mixture into the greased muffin cups. i was pretty stingy with my servings, i should have been much more genorous witch each portion, but you live and learn.

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i baked my muffins for 20 minutes until they were golden brown, removed and left them to cool. while i was waiting i decided to take some snaps of the snow – it felt like i was cooking in an alpine resort thanks to the white-capped trees outside my window.

anyway, back to the muffins. i was surprised by how much i liked the taste and the texture of them – not too sweet, but it felt like a treat and the berries gave the muffin a nice tart quality. i’m not going to lie, they weren’t the most aesthetically pleasing creation i’ve ever made, but they tasted a lot better than expected. they even got two thumbs up from my housemates and the whole batch was vanished pretty quickly. they are definitely a recipe to add to the healthy list along with my protein pancakes and andrea’s home-made granola.

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think pink: from coral to cotton candy

sometimes you just have to let your inner girly girl run wild and free, don’t you? this week i’m feeling all feminine, fun and bright. and so are my nails.pink multi coloured glitter manicure

i’ve been toying with the idea of doing a sort-of ombre manicure using all different shades of the same colour palette. i saw this coffee-to-nude neutrals version on pinterest and rather liked it.pink ombre multi coloured glitter manicurepink ombre multi coloured glitter manicure

and then i spotted this sugary sweet pink take on the idea, that also managed to include glitter! stop it. it’s too much. had to do my own immediately.

(p.s. clicking through to the source from pinterest, i came across duckling to swan, a pretty and whimsical blog by amelia that i spent a good hour gazing at. don’t you love stumbling across news reads? check it out!)pink ombre multi coloured glitter manicure

i just used a selection of pinks i had in my collection, using opi, essie and sportsgirl nail it! (australian) colours, and shook on martha stewart’s bubble gum pink craft glitter for the ring finger (but i am digging the pink glitter polish duckling to swan used. must buy.)pink ombre multi coloured glitter manicure

seal in your assortment of candy colours with a high-gloss top coat and go do something particularly girly, like sipping tea out of the daintiest of tea cups (my little cutie was a christmas present that now makes afternoon tea that much more fun).pink ombre multi coloured glitter manicure

valentine’s day is a mere fortnight away – if you’re into the whole hearts and flowers thing this manicure may be just what you need for february 14th.

but who needs an excuse? go on and glitter, girl!

@peanut_buttered @andreamagrath

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